God has been asking me a few times this summer to let go. It’s all in His hands, and I need to trust in Him. Tomorrow is another one of those tests as I send my baby girl to kindergarten. I know she’s ready. I know she’s smart, kind and a good friend. She will flourish. She’s excited and ready to ride the school bus like a big girl. Yet her mother is the one struggling with this new adventure.
Those with children can relate to that moment when they go off to school for the first time. It’s a big moment. You are entrusting their young mind and body to others who you may or may not know that well. You have faith that their intentions are to take good care of your child, get them to school, help them learn, eat, develop relationships and then get home to you safely every day of the week.
To me that requires the hand of God. Not because I don’t have the faith in the school or the bus drivers - because I do. I pray for all our teachers, our education staff and the transportation staff. That they may find their faith and trust in God and love our children as much as possible. I say it this way, as I can’t imagine anyone could love Grace as much as I do. I pray for the peace that passes all understanding for all of the parents, as we let go tomorrow and send our babies to a new world. May they learn wonderful, exciting new things. May their heartbreaks be minimal, but lessons learned be strong and long-lived.
Our summer has been full of heartbreak, anticipation, and disappointment. As resilient as children are…I am not. May this new season of our lives open new excitement and less anxiety. May I never reflect my nerves or worry on to Grace’s young open heart.
Letting go this year has meant so many different things, when I first thought of writing this piece. It meant letting go of my Grandmother, the thought of losing a dear friend and the idea that my sister–in-law, recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, might be forever changed. It meant the possibility of letting go of a dream promotion. And it meant letting go of my baby as she became a big girl riding a school bus to a giant new world.
Now I see letting go as opportunity. Letting go of what life is behind and pressing on to the good things that God has in front of us. That’s what He wants us to see, right? These are exciting days! She’s going to make new friends she may have for life! Learn new things she will teach me! It’s going to be wonderful to hear all about her days every night. I can’t wait to let go of her hand tomorrow so I can give her a big hug at the end of the day and hear all about it!